Finally graced with some outstanding weather here on Anna Maria Island, and the fishing is right there with it. Mike Marshall and Ben had a great trip this week, We started the morning off chasing Snook around the mangroves and boy did they have their fill. We boated around 50 fish between the crew and ranging in size from 20-30 inches. The rise in water temperature really has the Snook excited, our best bite seems to be coming on live Pilchards hooked on 1/0 Owner Mutu Circle hook with a 5 foot leader of 20lb fluorocarbon.
After the boys had their fill of Snook we headed to a grass flat to try our luck with the Speckled Sea Trout. The first bait that hit the water was not a trout, but a 20 lb Jack Crevalle that Mike had the pleasure of battling to the boat, “an unbelievable fight” Mike said. After the mayham the Jack put us through and everyones nerves calmed , we finally put together a nice 2 man limit of Sea Trout ranging from 15-18 inches. The trout see to be grouped up by size and on the shallower grass, 3-4ft in depth. We did well putting live Pilchards behind a popping cork with around 3 ft of 20lb fluorocarbon leader.
The fishing is only going to keep getting better, from inshore to the nearshore reefs. If you are here on spring break and are interested in getting in on the action now is the time. Come check us out at Island Discount Tackle to book a fishing charter or just gear up on all you fishing and marine needs. Catch em’ up!